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Maxwell High gets visit from superintendent

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy From left, Instructor Butch Luther and students David Sandoval and Richard Moore talk with Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks during a tour Wednesday of Maxwell High School of Technology's newly renovated class and lab spaces.

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy From left, Instructor Butch Luther and students David Sandoval and Richard Moore talk with Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks during a tour Wednesday of Maxwell High School of Technology's newly renovated class and lab spaces.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Administrators and teachers at Maxwell High School of Technology got to show off some of the facility's recent additions as district officials toured the grounds Wednesday.

Central office staff tagged along during several tours led by students throughout the morning.

Principal Jeff Hall said it was a good opportunity "to show Maxwell in action."

"That's the best way to appreciate all the different things we do here," said Hall, who is in his first year as principal of the charter school.

Maxwell's focus on preparing students to enter the service industry or a post-secondary institution is "of great importance," Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said.

"We have a wealth of opportunities in technical education here," Wilbanks said. "I want to thank the staff and everybody involved for making sure we have meaningful programs that add value to these students' learning experiences."

Wilbanks and several dozen others got their first look at the school's renovations, which were finished over the summer.

The renovations cleared the way for classroom and lab expansions in the school's 13 program areas.

"We completely updated the building," Hall said. "I was very pleased to see such an interest from those who visited. It was great to be able to showcase our school."

According to its website, the mission of Maxwell High School of Technology is "founded in educational research on increasing achievement, improving graduation rates and sustaining student success in post-high school experiences."

Programs at Maxwell include aircraft flight operations, architecture, auto collision repair, automotive services, construction, cosmetology/barbering, culinary arts, early childhood education, electronics/robotics, graphic communications and design, healthcare science, interior design, law and justice and welding.

Auto collision repair students Richard Moore and David Sandoval said they have enjoyed being able to study the field. Both said they may consider it for a career.

For more information, visit www.maxwellhigh.com.